Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Our Last Five Minutes

Known best for her book, The Color Purple writer Alica walker said this to a group in receiving the California Governor's Award for Literature as she wondered what we would do if we knew we had just five minutes left on earth:
Let our awareness of and our tenderness to the most helpless be our diamonds and our gold. Our last five minutes on Earth are running out. We can spend those minutes in meanness, exclusivity, and self-righteous disparagement of those who are different from us, or we can spend them consciously embracing every glowing soul who wonders within our reach… Perhaps the greatest treasure left to us, maybe the only one, is that we can still choose.



  • At 3/31/2009 11:08 AM, Anonymous kenny said…

    "I'm living the next five minutes
    Like these are my last five minutes
    Cause I know the next five minutes
    May be all I have
    And after the next five minutes
    Turn into the last five minutes
    I'm taking the next five minutes
    And start it all over again"

    - Steven Curtis Chapman, "The Next Five Minutes"


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